Are you looking for a one and done serum that doesn’t break the bank? Today’s OMG has you covered: meet NagaSona. NagaSona is a handmade skin care brand developed by a cosmetic scientist, blending together the efficacy of potent ingredients and the nourishing botanicals found in nature. This hyaluronic acid based serum combines the hydrating benefits of a humectant, plus the resurfacing and brightening properties from AHAs. If you’ve never heard of hyaluronic acid, it’s a powerhouse at helping your skin retain moisture, but it also helps fight free radicals, prevent signs of aging, and promote radiance. Delivering it in serum is great because it can penetrate deep into the skin before other skin care is layered on top. Alpha hydroxy acids help unclog pores, remove dead skin cells, and overall improve the appearance of skin tone. If your skin is feeling dull, uneven, or dehydrated, this serum gives a shot of moisture and glow. What I love most about it is the gel formula that instantly turns into a water-like texture when spread across the skin. It leaves behind a smooth, glass skin like finish. Most importantly, it dries down super thin so you can easily layer a moisturizer and sunscreen on top. Sunscreen is a must everyday, but especially when using products like acids that increase sun sensitivity. I’ve been testing the product for a couple weeks now and I love it. It’s naturally based, backed with real ingredients you can identify like sugar cane extract, glycerin, licorice root extract, orange extract, and so on. The serum is also free of silicone, fragrance, and parabens, which can be irritating. As someone with sensitive skin, I value that a lot and this product is suitable for all skin types. Sometimes all you need for that little extra glow isn’t intense masks or expensive facial treatments, a daily serum packed with the right blend of ingredients and potency can be a more impactful choice.
Hyaluronic Acid Illuminating Serum
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Face oil is something that’s always a part of my skin care routine. Even as someone with oily combination skin! Why? Because hydrated skin is healthy skin. Sometimes I use it as a standalone moisturizer, or layered with lotion or cream based moisturizer, always in layers from lightest to heaviest textures. But most of the time, I’m reaching for a one and done face oil for the sake of simplicity. Déesse De La Forêt Revitalizing Facial Oil by Cuerpa is a stunning powerhouse facial oil suitable for all skin types, with a really unique mix of naturally derived ingredients rich in omega fatty acids 3, 6, and 9. First, borage oil is the top ingredient which helps reduce inflammation and improve hydration. Olive derived squalane is also in the formula, one of my favorite balancing skin care ingredients, because it actually mimics your skin’s natural oils. Another ingredient, cacay oil aids skin renewal with a natural source of retinol. Additionally, kakadu plum is a natural source of vitamin C, helping prevent free radical damage and boosting your glow in the process. Finally, the formula contains jasmine as a finishing element, aimed to soothe and nourish. This facial oil truly has it all, which makes me think of it as a multivitamin for the skin. If you’re not sure where to start, start here. Just apply 3-10 drops over cleansed, toned skin, covering your entire face and neck. The brand also carries a few other facial oils, if you’re looking for something more targeted around anti-aging concerns or acne prone skin. Plus, enjoy free shopping and a free lip balm with every order!
Déesse De La Forêt Revitalizing Facial Oil
$48 for 0.5 fl oz, $124 for 1.7 fl oz
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How often do you mask? Masking is one of my favorite skin care steps. It can make such a huge difference in a short amount of time. I think everyone can carve out 10 minutes for some self care! Gleamin is a new-to-me-brand giving the glow in a major way. While suitable for all skin types, the Vitamin C Clay Mask by Gleamin is specifically designed for people of color, formulated with deep melanin skin in mind. The mask helps fade dark spots and revives skin tone with the help of aloe and turmeric. Yellow clay detoxifies clogged pores to improve overall glow. Vitamin C is the powerhouse ingredient that helps even skin tone and prevent future blemishes, and this product has three sources of it: desert lime, kakadu plum, and finger lime caviar. For the ultimate masking experience, this mask comes in the Glow and Go Duo with an application brush. Finally, the product is 100% vegan and made from ethically sourced ingredients. So go ahead, get your glow on!
Vitamin C Clay Mask
$39.99 for one kit, two for $59.99
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The older I get, the less patience I have for skincare with mediocre ingredients and minimal results. I make a concerted effort to drink lots of water, eat a mostly clean diet, and work out regularly, so why should my skincare fall short of all the amazing work I’m doing? I, like a lot of people, want to do all I can to live long and look great! I recently discovered Age Stop Switzerland, a skincare brand that shares this same philosophy. Their products are high quality and luxurious, but also yield anti-aging effects with their scientifically proven ingredients. They use Swiss Snow Algae Powder and Plant Stem Cell Technology for a truly innovative approach to youth longevity via anti-aging products. This specific snow algae grows in the high mountain plains of Switzerland, and it’s extremely resilient to living in the harsh winter conditions. On a cellular level, the same molecules that protect the algae were discovered to also help protect the youthfulness of human skin. The products have a high concentration of active ingredients, and they are meant to deliver immediate results. Age Stop Switzerland products range from sleep masks to concentrates, with a large selection of skincare kits available designed to give you the full anti-aging experience. And no need to overhaul your entire routine in the process; Age Stop Switzerland products work wonderfully alongside the skincare you already have in your routine. Even if your skin is oily or dry, this line is suitable for you. The products are also free of parabens, mineral oil, fragrance, and artificial colors.
by Age Stop Switzerland
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While there’s no magic age to start looking for age defying products, you can always start to seek products with higher quality ingredients. Mother earth is already the source of so many. I recently learned about a natural skincare brand called Lumavera, where the first ingredient in all of their products is aloe. This particular moisturizer is based on stem cell technology derived from the Moroccan Argan Tree, which should already sound like a familiar ingredient to any beauty junkie. It’s also is comprised of a blend of superfood oils, nutrients, and extracts. Hydration is the key to youthful, glowy skin, so this ultra firming moisturizer is made to hydrate, plump, and extend cell life to promote a luminous complexion. Suitable for normal to dry skin, it’s packed with hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, plant stem cells, peptides, and tons of other naturally derived powerhouse ingredients as well. This is the type of moisturizer my now dry skin craves, and if there’s one new product to pamper your skin with, let it be this. A moisturizer is something you use both morning and night, so it’s a worthy splurge for high quality ingredients and a results-driven brand. Seriously, the entire line looks amazing!
24-Hour Stem Cell Firming Moisturizer
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